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Last week I got contacted via my profile on a dating web site. The person had a temporary profile only with no picture posted and sent me a one-liner including her yahoo address and she asked me to add her on the yahoo messenger.

I was bored so I fulfilled her request.

Her profile had said she was from Illinois, USA. I live in California. Once we chat on Y! messenger, she says she just left Madrid/ Spain and is in West Africa now.

Supposedly she works for a diamond company which is owned by her step dad. She lives with her daughter since her husband (or kids father, I do not recall) left her after the kid was born. Here are her photos - I am not quite sure that they are really HER photos:

She also tells me that she is on bad terms with her step dad since he asked her for sex. (If that's her real photos, I might ask her for sex also.)
During the chat she was kind of evasive, did not answer my questions but instead asked me questions herself. After about 30 minutes she said she'd have to leave West Africa soon and wants to come to the Bay Area (which is why she had written me) and whether she could stay at my place for a week or two until she had gotten herself a place.

She wanted to see photos of my house (I mailed her two).

During the following week we briefly chatted maybe 3 times. No deep conversation, this woman does not spell well, and obviously does half a dozen chats parallel.

I asked her to visit a web site that I host so that I could trap her IP number. It was

I used two different tools (web sites) to identify the location she was coming from. Most web sites reported this IP as in London, UK. One web site located it as CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI.

If you ever want to do this kind of check, grab the IP number from email headers and use a web site like on it. You need to make your email program or web client display all headers, to see the 'Originating IP'. Yahoo's email client offers this. I do not know about AOL or hotmail.

She claims to be on AOL (which I found strange, does AOL offer service in West Africa?)

Yesterday she started talking how her step-dad does not send the money he is supposed to send. A kind of allowance instead of a paycheck. Don't ask me for an explanation of this concept.

I did not like to hear her talk about bills that she cannot pay. I'm kind of allergic to this talk when I know a person from 60 minutes of chatting only :-)

Anyway, today she asked me directly to Western Union her the money, $750. As I am posting this, I am still chatting with her. A copy of today's chat is below.

(myself): hello?
Joy Johnson: i was unable to get u the number cos the phone network was bad
Joy Johnson: i was thinking of geting my self a foone
(myself): is it worth it when you're leaving soon?
Joy Johnson: No...thats the problem
(myself): can you do me a favor? Click on this?
(myself): and then, what's the prob - you cannot leave?
Joy Johnson: i dont understand this whole thing
(myself): what thing?
Joy Johnson: what u talking about]
Joy Johnson: the webpage
(myself): oh
Joy Johnson: or what?
(myself): i didn't meant that you actually read it 
(myself): i just wanted to see if it loads properly now

(myself): sorry
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): are you home?
(myself): i mean.. in the hotel
Joy Johnson: hotel
Joy Johnson: yeah.i just wsanted to know if u will be sending me some cash
(myself): how?
Joy Johnson: western union ....u know any western union around u
(myself): and which w.u. are you at?
(myself): do i need a city/ office number?
Joy Johnson: No u dont i will give u the whole infou need
Joy Johnson: you can send the money in the hotels managers name
(myself): well, what's the hotel's name then? and/or the manager's name
(myself): sorry for the huge font
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
Zipcode/city code:23401
Western union security question and answer:
Qfavourite colour
Joy Johnson: Receivers Name:Mercy Gray
Address:12 hotel road.
Zipcode/city code:23401
Western union security question and answer:

Qfavourite colour
A: Pink
Joy Johnson: thats the ifo
(myself): ok
Joy Johnson: info
Joy Johnson: do u know western union agent location
(myself): here in my area?
(myself): not from the top of my head
Joy Johnson: u
(myself): i need to look
Joy Johnson: u can give me your address i will find one for u
(myself): don't worry
(myself): i can find it
Joy Johnson: how will u do that
(myself): google
(myself): so how do i know you are really joy johnson
and not just someone making up things?
Joy Johnson: Babe can u just trust me and u see me once i get

to the bay area cos i will foward u my flight info
(myself): how much $ do you need anyway?
Joy Johnson: :$750
(myself): what is the company's name that you work for?
Joy Johnson: i told u yesterday united gemstones.........u dont 
need it to send it ok
Joy Johnson: babe trust me
(myself): oh right, i could not find anything on the web 
about 'united gemstones' either, but they are in Lagos, maybe that helps
Joy Johnson: dont worry just to western union agent location
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: what cirt are u in the bay area
(myself): capitola
Joy Johnson: ok.hold
Joy Johnson: is this ur zip code 95010 
Joy Johnson: ???
Joy Johnson: joyee201: is this ur zip code 95010 
joyee201: ???
Joy Johnson: are u there???
(myself): yes
(myself): 95010
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: 1475 41ST AVENUE   
Joy Johnson: do u know this address
(myself): Sorry Joy, I just don't believe that you are in 
Lagos, Nigeria. I think you're in London, England
Joy Johnson: peter u r so funny
(myself): and yes, that Western Union on 41st Avenue is only 
a few minutes from me.. what's funny?
Joy Johnson: cos u said i am in england....maybe next year i should 
go to london
Joy Johnson: u mean u have that location close to u
Joy Johnson: ????
(myself): yes, that western union.. maybe a quarter 
mile from my house
(myself): i know it
Joy Johnson: babe i think it will be better u send the money
now because of the time difference
(myself): no way.. you need to give me some reason to believe 
you.. I mean.. I WANT to believe you.. but there's evidence that you
 are not in Nigeria, sorry
(myself): give me one reason that shows me you're  really over 
there and not in the UK or somewhere in the USA
Joy Johnson: the one reason is that am going to pick
 the money up myself
(myself): i need to know a bit more about you
Joy Johnson: u did already......dont be silly peter....dont tell
 me u dont know the first thing about me
Joy Johnson: 
(myself): not really that much.. you've got a daughter, work
 for united gemstones, stepfather is your boss (right?), doesn't 
send you money (allowance instead of paycheck - strange concept),
 you recently came from Barcelona/ Spain to Lagos/ Nigeria
(myself): did i forget anything?
Joy Johnson: No.....what else peter....cant u just trust me for
 .... i will never disappoint u
(myself): why do you stay in Lagos if you don't get paid anyway?
Joy Johnson: i dont stay here,am heree temporary cos my step dad wants
me there......its not want i want,i just have to
Joy Johnson: peter
Joy Johnson: If I ever saw an angel, it was in your eyes
(myself): hm, that's a nice one
(myself): did my eyes reflect and you saw yourself?
(myself): i've got an idea
(myself): is the 750 for the hotel?
Joy Johnson: eah
Joy Johnson: yeah
Joy Johnson: Jede Minute, die ich mit Ihnen aufwende, ist wie Sein im 
Himmel und das Schauen in den Augen eines Engels
Joy Johnson: u know thats the truth
(myself): i could make a credit card payment to that hotel to 
cover your bill
Joy Johnson: no....u cant...cos the whole of 750 is not for the hotel
Joy Johnson: ok....u just have to rush to western union....ok
Joy Johnson: do u have he info writen down
Joy Johnson: ??????
(myself): i cannot leave right now
(myself): i'm waiting for someone
(myself): it's 6:15pm
(myself): they're probably closed already anyway
Joy Johnson: no they close for 7pm....u can just rush ok....peter 
do this for me now
Joy Johnson: ok.....i can get everything cleared tomorrow morning
Joy Johnson: it will only take 7mins or less for western union to 
send the money
(myself): my friend is on the way right now
Joy Johnson: it dosent matter.since u r not going to take more than 
10mins in western union...he can just wait for u
Joy Johnson: PLEASE
Joy Johnson: RITE AID #5966
1475 41ST AVENUE   
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm 
Joy Johnson: u can just rush down and you wont take much time
Joy Johnson: PLEASE
(myself): I know the place, I go there twice a week.. 
(myself): why not a credit card payment?
Joy Johnson: it cant be sent
Joy Johnson: just go ok...for me peter
(myself): what is the $ for if not for the hotel?
Joy Johnson: for the hotel bill ,transportation cost.....
and medical checkup because of the weather here
Joy Johnson: ok.babe just try and go huh
(myself): nah, i don't feel as if i could quite trust 
you yet
Joy Johnson: matbe u will trust me and more about me,as
 soon as i get to the state
Joy Johnson: and peter if u say u dont trust me yet i understand
......but u just have to consider my situation and me myself i
 promise never to let u down
Joy Johnson: Promise
Joy Johnson: are u there???
(myself): yes
(myself): phone
(myself): look
Joy Johnson: look what???
(myself): according to my info you're either in
 Cape Missouri or London
(myself): and you give me absolutely no reason why
 i should believe that you're in lagos

(myself): not even a hotel's name
(myself): or a phone #
Joy Johnson: ay hotels.....manager s # (+234)8053601940
Joy Johnson: +234 country phone  code
Joy Johnson: what about this
Joy Johnson: ???
(myself): yeah?
Joy Johnson: didu get it
(myself): the number is busy
(myself): which room are you in?
Joy Johnson: busy...maybe its the network
Joy Johnson: executive room 1
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: did u call d # again
(myself): that number is in Lagos?
Joy Johnson: yeah
(myself): area code is 805 ?
(myself): because i thought Lagos is area code 1
(myself): sweety, you need to improve
Joy Johnson: for landlines i think
Joy Johnson: 01 is for the land lines....the number i 
gave u is a mobile # peter
Joy Johnson: thats why u need the +234 b4 dailing 8053601940
Joy Johnson: ok
Joy Johnson: peter can u tell me whats on your mind
Joy Johnson: cos........its like u dont even want
 to take me for my words
Joy Johnson: Why?
(myself): sorry
Joy Johnson: u not answering me
(myself): my friend was at the door
(myself): joy i need to go now
(myself): i cannot call that number again, my friend and i are going out
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): i'll try in a few hours when i'm back
Joy Johnson: ok
(myself): see, i need to verify that what you tell me
 is true.. ideally also that you are really that hot chick in 
those photos, but that's probably impossible to prove
Joy Johnson: lol......why not
(myself): hm, can you mail another photo of yourself?
Joy Johnson: believe me or noy ,its joy in the pic
(myself): well, are YOU Joy then?
Joy Johnson: i will............will u send on ur way back
(myself): bye-bye
Joy Johnson: bye-bye

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2010-04-17, 06:50:32
anonymous from United States  

2010-04-17, 19:25:52
anonymous from United States  
2010-04-17, 19:27:55
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2010-04-17, 19:29:28
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2010-04-17, 19:30:43   (updated: 2010-04-17, 19:33:04)
anonymous from United States  

2010-04-20, 00:36:09
anonymous from Sweden  
We have another 'girl' needing money, that her uncle Dean Martensen is helpful enough to pickup.

It turned up ugly, if you set the receiver of the money. To be the girl herself, She calls her self 'Faith Katie Emily Miller', who probably only exists in Deans line of work.

She's available on friendfinder, under the name 'sk4luvone'
using the email
I've seen her add on, and as well.

She's giving out pictures of the British amateur porn model featured on '', really good looking.
She spells like a idiot, and sometimes it gets quite funny.
She thought a British accent was a good meal!! ;) I was in tears the whole chat session. That was some good stuff!

She have a relative that dies in surgery during the relationship, that needs to be buried.
Guess who has to pay for that?!?

The helpful pickup guy lives at 30378 370ave monroe Nebraska.

You have been advised, thanks for listening.


2010-04-20, 04:56:12
anonymous from India  

2010-04-20, 19:30:16
anonymous from United States  

2010-04-20, 19:50:29
anonymous from United States  

2010-04-23, 14:25:19   (updated: 2010-04-23, 14:39:27)
deceived from United States  
I am glad that somene posted this website for people that got scammed. I am a Scammed victim twice, maybe should've learned the first time. Any ways, my Scammer name is Edmund William aka William Edmund, William Joe, william joe Edmund. In the beginning I thought I made a ltr connection on Yahoo! Personals, but apparently it turned into something more. In the beginning it was introduction as normal, than all of a sudden it became infatuation like lust and deeply in love with me. I was getting emails by the dozen eveyday, telling me how much he is falling in love with me, I like your eyes(saw picture on Yahoo!) and I can't wait to get back to the states so we can be together, but first I have to pay a bill at the Hotel that I am staying at. See, this is what happened:
Good Morning sweetheart,
How are you doing this morning? hope you had a good night sleep, I went to sleep last night with a smile because I knew I would be dreaming of you- But i woke up this morning so sad because you were not here with me.. I miss you so much and i know you will be sleeping by now..I could say that you complete me...but that would be a lie, because every morning when I wake I long for you more than the day before... You have no idea how good it feels to wake up every morning knowing that there is a possibility that you can be mine...Like the sunshine in the morning, may this brighten your day, and remind you that you're thought of in a very warm way..You are the first thing to enter my mind in the morning and the last thing to leave my heart at night...
This is to let you know that I'm thinking of you each and every passing second of the day..I sure hope that tells you how I'm also feeling about you- You're my heaven sent, I could never ask for anything more... You're all my prayers in one answer, I just wish you were here with me this morning, I'm aching more and more every passing day. I need to start getting thing ready for work.. I will talk to you later on the day.. take care of yourself at work for me and know that you're being thought of in a soft and warm way.. I will miss you..
Kisses and hugs.
Edmund william
the 2nd one:
Thanks so Much for the Kind email Sweetie . i do Really Happy to see More of ur Pics babe Mariam was Very very very Happy when i showed her ur Pics she said that she Can wait to get to Meet You and her sister she saw whit u in the Pics thanks.. babe i Just want u to know that you are all have been here Thinking of and i will Never ever stop Thinking of You as well..Here in my heart, that´s where you will be, you will be with me, here in my heart, No distance can keep us apart as long as you´re here in my heart I know when i come back every thing will be alright, the distance will keep us apart. But distance no matter how far can't change these feelings in my heart,Time may take us apart that's true, but I will always be there for you, You're in my heart, you will be in my dreams, no matter the miles between us.These lonely nights are hard to get through, I will keep you in my eyes by making you a dream.
I love you
William Edmund

the information where to send the 750.00 western union to:
Name...Lawal Taju
Text Question......what is ur fav Colour
babe as soon as You send the Money email me the MTCN... i Love You so Much babe and i will always Love You forever and ever

this is my responses:
Hello my love! no, I am not okay. The Trust: When I went to go get a loan today, I sat there in the bank and thought to myself, 'Charrisse? here you are about to send $750.00 to a man that you never met, but is falling in love with because you and him feel that it is destined? then, he has a daughter, by the name of Mariam, that is beautiful as an angel and you are more than ready to step in and try to be a loving mother as you are to your other children and love her as your own. Then, when you speak to the manager.. he's calling you Mrs. Edmund, but the last name is suppose to Joe. He loses his wallet, never reports it to the USA that he is in dire straits, MY daughter is over there barely eating, my husband can't get an advance from the Company, and the Oshomo Hotel isn't that expensive for a room.' Now, if you were me and I was in the same predictament, wouldn't you raise an eyebrow and wonder 'WTF is going on?'

Now, the Commitment: My commitment has nothing to do with my words, if I am in a 'cloud of doubt'. I don't know if I am falling in love with a dream or man that just knows the right things to say that touches the very inner soul of my body and reshapes it loving only him, because God being first in my life. God made man in his image, evrything that God is, is what man should be like. I will always be skeptical of a man that is trying in my eyes to be more than God. For he is a jealous God and he does not share his power with others that mean to rise above and beyond him, which is quite impossible for any man to do. Mariam: for a man to take his 10 year old daughter to another country knowing that she needs to be in school, have food and nourishment at all times and not subject to be in a situation that so unexpectedly happened to you. I gave you my word that I will try to come up with the money, and I somewhat did. But, my commitment is also to my children as well. Now, yes, I know you said that financial reasons will never faulter us and that's all good, but I told you everything about me and how I truly felt about being with you and how it would be by changing my life for you. Yes, I will gladly change my life for you if It meant for us to be together forever and I will be with you regardless of it ups and downs, it's in and outs, it trial and tribulations that may come our way... but I will not committ myself to someone that is not honest with me in the first beginning of the stages to be honest and stay committed to one another when you first come out of the gates and race for that trophy that is waiting at the end of the finish line. Knowing that this is yours, you wanted this, been needing this to make your life complete and when you do have it finally in your grasp... it falls and gets dirty because there was a force that made it shake, wooble, and land on a platform that consumed all of it beauty that it had to offer. But then you wonder if this is what you really needed to have this committment or if it was something you wanted?

Well, William, Edmund, Joe, whatever your name is I, Charrissima will always love you and wait for you and my new daughter to come back to the states in one piece, and become your wife, lover, and friend... because that's what I want, not what I need. I will not be sending you any money, because what you did and how you did it, betrayed my heart and feelings that I told you were 'FRAGILE'!!!!!!!!!!! and it happened anyways which made that 'cloud of doubt' sway my decision. But what I will do is make this vow to you rather you accept or not.. I will forever be committed to you, but you have regain your TRUST with me. I can see us growing old together and maybe even having another child, but first I must know that nothing like this shall ever happen again to us as long as we both shall live.

Respectfully submitted,
your wife Charrissima
ps.. it hurts me more because I am falling so deeply in love with you, yet your so far away.

Our last communication:
Hello baby..
Am writing you this letter with sadness and sorrow, lots of Tears on my face right now, i can't help it, i wish you're here with me now to see what is happening to me.. can you believe Mariam is right now at the hospital? it has been real terrible day for me, we started well this morning after taking breakfast and ready to go for work.. Mariam starts getting dizzy and complain of headache to me and i thought it is a minor thing but i could feel he has shortness in his breath and i could not bear it again and cried out to the hotel manager for help and they called the ambulance and help me to rush her to the hospital.. and on getting to the hospital he was accepted immediately and was rushed into the ward.... I was sitting in the receptionlist log when the Dr sent for me to come into his office with tears on me and looking already like a crazy man.The doctor explain to me that Mariam will get well and she has been suffering from Lack of red blood cell production that she has Anemia but they have to transfer her into a specialist hospital and i have already desposited the money on me to start the treatments... but right now am out of cash and i have my check on me but on getting to the bank they will not cash it for me because it is an internation check and the banks here have local banking operations and they dont deal with international check... baby this is so hard for me now and i need some more cash for them to transfer him...I need $1000 to make them transfer him.. darling this is real urgent.. i dont wanna lose the Girl, you know what he meant to me... am in tears right now and i hope to hear back from you baby... I love you so much darling Write. me soon . Love always
My response:
your confusing me. Who is him? I thought Mariam was a girl and I don't know you anymotre. first you say one thing, than another. Why don't you pay attention to what you write to people or me for that matter. I did receive your messages and I am online. I gjess all is well with you over there, cause apparently you paid a deposit on his/ her treatment. And who needs a transfer? get your facts straight before contacting me anymore. Pay attention to what your writing.

Now, if you catch that last message, he messed up big. I feel foolish cause here I was looking for someone and that someone found me and helped me to mess up.
Never again,
2010-04-23, 18:15:26
anonymous from Netherlands  
Deze vehalen ken ik ook van een janet Powell uit housten texas.
Zij had een truckbedrijf van hoor opa geerft. ze had voor 16 miljoen dollar geerft om een lang verhaal kort te maken het zelfde verhaal. Dus vergeet het met mensen die in lagos Nigeria zijn ik had haar gevonden via gevonden janet uit antwerpen. Fake fake fake

2010-04-24, 15:34:51
anonymous from United States  
Be careful of women from ghana, i have spoke with several who ask for money, and they will give you all sort of stories

2010-04-24, 15:41:23
anonymous from United States  

2010-04-24, 15:50:10
anonymous from United States  

2010-04-24, 16:07:39
anonymous from United States  

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